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Tropical Storm Brings Wild Weather

MOUNTAIN AREA – Residents and visitors may soon see stormy skies, as a hazardous weather outlook and flash flood warning has been issued for the higher elevations of the southern Sierra Nevada, with the prospect of isolated thunderstorms continuing late Monday night and possibly through Tuesday. The National Weather Service reports from Hanford that moisture from tropical storm Dolores in ...

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Bear Activity Increases In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – Bear activity this week has increased park-wide, and visitors are reminded to store food properly and be bear-aware. In wilderness areas this week, several hikers have had packs destroyed after failing to store food in a food storage container when leaving their packs unattended. Several backpackers have also had bear cans rolled away from their campsite in the ...

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Yosemite Restoring Endangered Frogs to Alpine Lakes

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park is restoring the federally endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog to alpine lakes within the park. The yellow-legged frog was once the most common frog in mountain lakes throughout the Sierra Nevada, but introduced predators and diseases caused their population to decline by over 95 percent. Park experts are encouraged by the results of initial restoration ...

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Yosemite Fires Update July 14

YOSEMITE – Thunderstorms came through the park starting July 1, and remained active through July 11, sparking several new fires. Yosemite National Park currently has nine lightning-caused fires. These kinds of fires can take days or weeks to detect because vegetation has to dry out enough to create smoke or visible flames after the storm passes over. Additional fires may ...

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The Range of Light: Night & Day on the John Muir Trail

UPDATE – Aug. 11, 2015: Scott and Nick of DarkSky Photography announced today their Kickstarter bid was successful to the tune of $9,151 with 130 backers, and the Range of Light: Night and Day on the John Muir Trail trip is ON. By Scott Lange — After meeting in a physics class at the City College of San Francisco a little ...

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Update On Yosemite Fires July 6

YOSEMITE – Thunderstorms came through Yosemite National Park starting on July 1, sparking six new lightning-caused fires. Lightning-caused fires can take days or weeks to detect because vegetation has to dry out enough to create smoke or visible flames after the storm passes over. Additional fires may be discovered as that process takes place. Most of these recent fires are ...

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Yosemite National Park Institutes Fire Restrictions

YOSEMITE – Due to current and predicted fire conditions and possible active fire behavior, Yosemite National Park has implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions until further notice. Yosemite National Park is experiencing very high fire danger along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. By order of the Superintendent Yosemite National Park: No building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, ...

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Important Info For Yosemite Visitors This Weekend

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park anticipates a very busy Fourth of July weekend and visitors are urged to arrive at the park very early to avoid potential traffic congestion and difficulties with parking. Visitors should plan to arrive at the park entrances by 9 a.m. each day. Parking in Yosemite Valley is expected to be especially challenging and visitors should ...

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Roaming in the Tioga Pass High Country

We decided to hike off trail where the colorful mountains in the Tioga Pass Area raise above 12,000′ elevation. We were ready for an adventure in an area that revealed beautiful pink heather lined tarns, small lakes where the creeks were wide, high country lakes, many with no names. We explored when we were inspired to check out an area ...

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Update On Fires In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – As the 4th of July holiday weekend approaches, visitors are reminded that no fireworks of any kind are allowed within Yosemite National Park. All visitors are urged to use established campgrounds for fires, and with all campfires, when departing, please be sure fires are completely out.

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